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CATHERINE RYAN HYDE: ASK HIM WHY IS A STORY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DON’T LISTEN TO EACH OTHER ENOUGH

Three weeks ago, American bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde released her latest novel Ask Him Why. The book grabbed right away readers’ attention with its deep emotion.

We’ve got a great chance to speak once again with the good friend of Land of Books. In the next lines she is talking about her new book, her next project and how different is Amazon publishing from the traditional publishers.

It’s a great honor to welcome for the second time at Land of Books Catherine Ryan Hyde. If you missed our previous interview with her check it out here.

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– Catherine, your latest book Ask Him Why once again is praised by the readers. The publisher Lake Union describes the novel with “stunning and emotional story of a young soldier’s unthinkable act…and the bonds of a sister and brother’s love.” How would you describe it?
– I think I’d say it’s a story about what happens when we don’t talk to each other enough. Or, more importantly, maybe when we don’t listen to each other enough. It’s about a family in which communication is nearly nonexistent, and the chilling effects of this silence on a teenage brother and sister. Their older brother, Joseph, has come back from the war in Iraq surrounded by a cloud of controversy. Everyone thinks Joseph refused to go out on duty because of cowardice, so no one asks. Until ten years later, near the end of the book. Then Ruth asks, and the answer is nothing anyone could have imagined.
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CATHERINE RYAN HYDE: WE CAN HEAL OUR LOSSES THROUGH GENUINE HUMAN CONNECTION

Catherine Ryan Hyde’s last novel Take Me With You became another bestseller. The book received huge appreciation from the readers (4.6 av. stars from almost 3000 Amazon reviews).
Catherine Ryan Hyde was born in a family of writers. The start of her career wasn’t so bright. She received more than 120 rejections from publishers. The American author made her break with Pay It Forward novel, which became international bestseller and was adapted to a film by Warner Bros.
Let’s welcome our next special guest Lady Catherine Ryan Hyde.

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– Lady Hyde, what is the main message to readers in your last book Take Me With You?
– I think, as with most of my books, the core message is that we can help each other, we can be less afraid of each other, and we can help to heal our losses and traumas through genuine human connection. In the end I think it’s really only our relationships with each other that can make us happy and fulfilled.
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